Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wal-Mart tops local police calls

Via Wake Up Wal-Mart, a local sheriff in Washington State finds that Wal-Mart generates the highest number of calls to his police force. According to an article in the Columbian:

Wal-Mart isn't just the number-one retailer in the universe. It also leads
the way in calls for help to local police.

No west-county property generates more calls-for-service to the Clark County Sheriff's Office than Wal-Mart on Northeast Highway 99, according to a sheriff's report.
Local residents are already concerned about a new Wal-Mart recently approved in the area; these crime statistics are only going to increase their concerns. The sheriff report also tabulates the number of man hours devoted to law enforcement at Wal-Mart and the results are astounding:

After factoring in the multiple officers, multiple vehicles, paperwork and transportation to-jail time required for felonies and other serious calls, the sheriff's office estimates devoting 936 hours last year to law enforcement at the Hazel Dell Wal-Mart.